Easy Rider

Posted by Patty from Team MISSIO on May 7, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Father James Griffin was the pastor of St. Margaret of Cortona Parish in the Bronx, New York, during most of the eight years I attended the parish elementary school He was young, enthusiastic, kindhearted and a real joy to be around.  In fact, he was so beloved by his parishioners that upon his leaving for another assignment, they gave him a brand-new Oldsmobile!  I’ll never forget when I heard the news – I couldn’t believe the parish had raised enough money to buy our pastor a new car!

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Topics: St. Margaret of Cortona Riverdale, Bronx Irish Catholic, Motorcycle, 4x4, Ivory Coast, Saint Theresa's Parish, Bondoukou, Pickup Truck, Mission, Catholic Missions, Missio, Catholic Priests

No Cape Required...

Posted by Patty from Team MISSIO on Apr 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

While my grandfather inspired my love of “the Missions,” it was my mother who made me think that being a missionary Sister was “way cool.”  Growing up, she always talked about wanting to become a Maryknoll missionary. That is, until she met my dad. She certainly wasn’t afraid of travel nor did she mind doing without modern conveniences, having spent a good deal of her childhood living in the jungles of Panama and later, on the island of Trinidad. She also loved telling the story of her Aunt Alphonsus, a Religious Sister who served as a missionary in China until she was forced to flee – smuggled out of the country by an ox cart in the middle of the night! Aunt Alphonsus was as close as you could get to a superhero as far as my mom was concerned.

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Topics: Insider, Catholic Missions, Missions In China, Catholic China, Missionary Sisters, Religious Sisters, Missio, Mission Hospital, Feeding Programs, Trinity Mission Hospital, Leseru Hospital, Jane Ataku, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Bronx New York, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Maryknoll

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